Tuesday 20 March 2018

David Luiz tweets his farewell to Chelsea ahead of £50m move to PSG

David Luiz looks set to wave goodbye to Chelsea with a £50million move to Paris Saint-Germain close to being agreed. Photo: GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
David Luiz looks set to wave goodbye to Chelsea with a £50million move to Paris Saint-Germain close to being agreed. Photo: GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images

Matt McGeehan

Paris St Germain expect to complete a deal for David Luiz prior to the World Cup after agreeing a fee with Chelsea for the transfer of the Brazil defender.

It is understood Luiz will move for £50million, a world record fee for a defender, subject to a medical and the agreement of personal terms.

The French champions suggested the formalities of the deal will be completed on June 10 to ensure Luiz can concentrate on the World Cup.

A statement on the Ligue 1 winners' official website read: "Paris St Germain FC, Chelsea and David Luiz would like to confirm that they have reached an agreement on the conditions for a future transfer of the Brazilian international defender that would occur when the next transfer market opens on June 10, 2014.

"To satisfy the desire of the player to prepare and play in the best possible conditions the World Cup in his country, the willingness of both clubs and David Luiz was to achieve a fast agreement, one between Paris St Germain and Chelsea FC and the other between the Paris club and the player to formalize the transfer from the opening of the transfer window."

Barcelona and Bayern Munich were reportedly also pursuing Luiz, who has spent three and a half seasons at Stamford Bridge.

The 27-year-old joined from Benfica in January 2011, signing a five-and-a-half-year contract in a deal reportedly worth £21m.

The switch represents a healthy profit for Chelsea, which manager Jose Mourinho will hope to reinvest in his squad, with Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa his number one target.

A statement on chelseafc.com read: "Chelsea Football Club and Paris Saint-Germain have agreed terms for the transfer of David Luiz to the French club.

"The move is now subject to David Luiz agreeing personal terms with PSG and passing a medical examination."

Luiz has made 143 Blues appearances - 34 of them last season, including against PSG in the Champions League quarter-finals - scoring 12 goals.

Luiz was primarily used in defensive midfield by Jose Mourinho after being unable to break up the central defensive partnership of John Terry and Gary Cahill.

Tomas Kalas will be given further first-team opportunities next season, while Kurt Zouma, signed from St Etienne in January and immediately loaned back to the French side, will also link up with the Blues.

There was the prospect of further high-profile departures from Stamford Bridge when the Premier League announced its retained and released players' list.

Chelsea's record goalscorer Frank Lampard, who is 36 in June, striker Samuel Eto'o and left-back Ashley Cole were on Chelsea's list as their contracts expire on June 30.

Lampard's appearance on the list does not mean his departure is inevitable, although Chelsea are still to clarify if the midfielder, who moved to Stamford Bridge in June 2001, will stay or move on.

Cole has suggested he is likely to leave Chelsea, while Eto'o is poised to leave at the end of his one-season deal.

Goalkeepers Mark Schwarzer and Henrique Hilario also appeared on the list - a Premier League requirement - alongside youngsters including Sam Hutchinson and Milan Lalkovic.

Following the announcement of the agreement, Luiz took to Twitter, saying: "Tks CFC for this time of great partnership. I'm thankful for all! It's a new challenge and together we'll go even further. Allez Paris!"

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